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Are the Baltimore Orioles a playoff contender?

With spring training only weeks away, the Baltimore Orioles are gearing up for another year in the successful Buck Showalter era.  The O’s finished last season with an even 81-81 record, landing themselves in the middle of the American League East standings.  Baltimore needed to add pieces during the offseason but instead had to focus on resigning their current roster, including...
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Baltimore Orioles and Zach Britton avoid arbitration

The Baltimore Orioles and relief pitcher Zach Britton agree to a 1-year, $6.75 million to avoid arbitration. Britton has pitched in five seasons in the major leagues, all with the Orioles. The last two seasons he pitched a personal record high 71 and 64 games respectively. He has lowered his earned run average considerably over the past couple of years. In 2014 he had a 1.65 earned...
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mancini wraps up his degree work, Walker on his strong 2015 second half - Steve Melewski

Not long after he was named the Orioles minor league Player of the Year and helped Double-A Bowie win the Eastern League championship last September, first baseman Trey Mancini took on a different but familiar role - that of a student. He returned to Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., ... Read More
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Mark Trumbo on Chris Davis' return: "Oh, it was huge" - School of Roch

When we last heard from Mark Trumbo, he had just been acquired in a trade with the Mariners in a deal that become official on Dec. 2. He was surprised by it, since he hadn't heard the Orioles mentioned as a possibility, and revealed his long-standing admiration for the organization. ... Read More
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Injuries to Bundy and Harvey Hurt the Orioles in More Ways than One

Having combined to throw a grand total of 22.0 innings last season, Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey leave the Baltimore Orioles with way more questions than answers. Yes, both reported to the team’s January mini-camp in Florida with supposed clean bills of health. Elbow and shoulder injuries have plagued Bundy since the end of the 2012 season. At one point last season, it appeared...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Orioles’ Internal Options for Right Field

Contrary to popular belief, Baltimore Orioles’ right fielders were not totally useless last season. In fact, the combination of Chris Davis, Gerardo Parra, Travis Snider, Alejandro De Aza, Delmon Young, and a few others actually finished ninth in all of baseball with a .275 batting average, tenth in slugging percentage at .449, and 13th in home runs with 24. That’s more production...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reliever Brian Matusz and Orioles agree to $3.9 million, 1-year contract

BALTIMORE — The Orioles reached agreement with left-hander Brian Matusz on a $3.9 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.Matusz went 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 58 appearances out of the bullpen last season for Baltimore. He struck out 59 over 49 innings.The 28-year-old, who made $3.2 million last year, has a career record of 27-41 with a 4.76 ERA in seven seasons.Matusz asked...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: What to Make of Odrisamer Despaigne Trade

Besides having a name that is incredibly difficult to spell and will surely give Gary Thorne fits, Odrisamer Despaigne is a soon-to-be 29-year-old pitcher who throws a baseball with his right hand. That he is a Major League Baseball player may be news to some on the East Coast. That tends to happen to players from San Diego. Despaigne is now a member of the Baltimore Orioles, no...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

L.J. Hoes outrighted to Norfolk (plus other notes) - School of Roch

Outfielder L.J. Hoes has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, the latest roster move made today by the Orioles. Hoes was designated for assignment on Jan. 26 to create room for outfielder/first baseman Efren Navarro. The Orioles acquired Hoes from the Astros on Nov. 25 for cash considerations, ... Read More
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles reportedly have trade interest in Andrew Cashner

The Baltimore Orioles’ starting rotation finished 25th in the MLB last season with a grotesque 4.53 combined ERA. It doesn’t look like the team is willing to let that fly again in 2016 (no pun intended). According to a report by Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports on Monday, the Orioles have trade interest in Padres righty Andrew Cashner. Cashner, 29, was unimpressive in 2015, going...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles prospect dies in motorcycle accident in Dominican Republic

The Baltimore Orioles announced yesterday minor league prospect Ramon Ramirez died in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic on Saturday night. Statement on the death of Ramon Ramirez: — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) January 31, 2016 “Our entire organization is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Ramon Ramirez. As a member of...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles receive Efren Navarro for cash

The Baltimore Orioles acquired Efren Navarro from the Los Angeles Angels for cash. Navarro was drafted by the Angels in 2007 and was brought up to the major leagues in 2011. Navarro played 54 games last year and had a batting average of .253. He had an on base percentage of .295. He hit four doubles and had five runs batted in. Navarro has played first base, left field, and right...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Baltimore Orioles Have a Successful Season?

The Baltimore Orioles finished above fourth place just once between playoff appearances in 1997 and 2012. When they won the AL East in 2014 with 96 wins and advanced to the ALCS it looked like Dan Duquette was making good on his return to the majors. Then something happened. The Red Sox, Rays, and Yankees all had difficult years yet it was not the Orioles, but rather the Toronto...
Via The Sports Post
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Manny Machado got his wife's face tattooed on his arm

    Ah, true love. A cursory glance at Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado’s Instagram reveals that he really loves his wife, Yainee. It’s filled with selfies and wedding pictures and well-wishes and basically everything you’d expect from a starry-eyed young lover. However, Machado has taken it a step further and made a rather permanent statement of his affection...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Chirs Davis is Set to Get Paid Through 2037

Baltimore Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis will not have to worry about paying rent or grabbing extra groceries anytime soon. The All-Star first baseman is now slated to suit up for Baltimore through 2022. However, the pay does not stop there as Davis is set to cash in big for a very, very, very long time. While the bulk of Chris Davis’ salary runs into the next decade, the...
Via The Sports Journal
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Orioles Are Hosting a Baseball Analytics Hackathon

The Orioles, in conjunction with the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, are hosting a Baseball Analytics Hackathon on Friday, February 5th. It will be an all-day affair, and there will be food provided throughout the day, so that you don’t need to burn precious brain space worrying about where to go eat. Which is nice. Hackathons are generally an excellent way to expose oneself...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles re-sign Chris Davis to seven-year deal

After weeks of speculation and back-and-forth, Chris Davis is returning to Baltimore. The slugger is reportedly returning to Baltimore on a seven-year, $161 million deal, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Last we heard, the Orioles were reportedly offering $154 million, so it appears that they needed to bump it up just a little to get things done. Davis is an interesting...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: A Possibly Troubling Trend for Chris Davis

Let’s face it — there’s no way not to feel uncomfortable about the Chris Davis sweepstakes. I’m not just referring to how the Orioles and Davis seem to be at something of an impasse. I’m not just referring to how Davis has to this point been unable to drum up much of a market. It’s just, this is going to require a lot of money, and it’s hard to know what Davis is going...
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Showalter bluntly addresses Chris Davis contract stalemate

The Baltimore Orioles and Chris Davis have been embroiled in a lengthy and at times tense stalemate over a reported $150 million contract offer the team reportedly offered its superstar, free agent first baseman. Orioles skipper Buck Showalter bluntly addressed the impasse with some interesting comments about the kind of money that’s in play in the negotiations between the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
24 days ago  |  Discuss

How Zach Britton Blew His Saves

There were only four of them. Blown saves, that is. I presume you’ve read the title. Zach Britton blew four saves last year, which actually isn’t a particularly noteworthy fact. Britton blew four saves in 40 tries, which is great, but it certainly wasn’t the best, and Britton blew four saves the year before too, in one more try. It’s great, but not spectacular, especially...
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins sign Wei-Yin Chen to five-year deal

The Miami Marlins have signed left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to a five-year, $80 million deal reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The deal reportedly includes a no-trade clause and has a sixth year vesting option which can bring the total contract to $96 million. chen agrees to 80M, 5 yrs with marlins — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 12, 2016   The deal is a bit of...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore SS J.J. Hardy played through a torn labrum all season

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been playing injured all year. Hardy admitted to the Baltimore Sun he’s played the entire season with a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. Hardy’s isn’t opting for surgery – instead he’s going to rest and hope that heals it quickly. Hardy’s gone thought this before, as he’s already had the surgery to repair...
Via The Outside Corner
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

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